Saw this in the latest Nashville Scene
and I've got to admit it's kind of head-scratcher....
The Nashville Branch of the American Society for Film Correctness (ASFC) plans a “retroactive picket” of the Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles. The event is scheduled for next Saturday in the back parking lot of 100 Oaks Mall, the former site of the Martin Twin Theater, which screened the movie when it was first released in 1974.
“Make no mistake: this is a deeply offensive film,” explains Cornell Richter, head of the local branch of ASFC. “Our organization seeks to call attention to offensive content that may have been overlooked when a film was originally in theaters.”
Richter, who says he saw Blazing Saddles for the first time recently on DVD, points out that the film contains a great deal of racially insensitive language that probably wouldn’t be used in a comedy today.
I guess I could understand if they were showing a screening of Blazing Saddles
and they went to protest it, but from what I gather there is no showing of this classic comedy scheduled.
Also, do they not realize that the movie is a comedy and satire? Or that it's a product of it's era and should be viewed that way?
Seems to me that some people are just looking for a way to be offended....
Heaven only knows what will happen if Mel Brooks should make this into a Broadway production like he did with The Producers
. Oh dear heavens, they may make a movie version of that and then all hell would break loose...
In keeping with the movie theme of this post, I'm glad Doc Brown doesn't exist and didn't really turn a DeLorean into a time-machine. Heaven only knows this group would be packed into the car, flux-capicator fluxing and finding someway to get up to 88 MPH and get back in time.UPDATE:
Thanks to Sarcastro for pointing out where in the paper this story was and that it was a joke. That's what I get for blogging while sleepy....
posted by Michael Hickerson at 1/10/2007 09:01:00 PM